Our move is three weeks from today! Yesterday, a Mayflower agent came out to our home to survey all of the items that we will need to have packed and moved. As he was opening up all of the closets and cabinets throughout the house, I realized that I have a lot of things that I could do without. So this week’s task has been to go through all of the items that we no longer use and find a new home for them. In doing so, I have utilized Mayflower’s guide on how to dispose of unwanted items before moving. Allow me to share it with you:

Lighten Your Load
Every belonging you move adds to the weight of your shipment- and ultimately the cost. That’s one reason it might be a good idea to consider getting rid of some items you no longer need, but hate to throw away. As you are preparing to move, you are provided with an excellent opportunity to sort through some of the excess items you’ve collected over time. You may raise some quick cash, but will definitely save in moving expenses. Go through your house with a notebook, listing everything you want to sell. A good rule of thumb is that if you have not used it in the past year, you probably don’t need it. Here are a few options for selling your items:
Garage Sale
-One of the keys to a profitable garage sale is advertising. There are many sites on the Internet that offer free listings for garage sales, as well as sample signs you can use. You can also advertise in your local newspaper.
-Allow at least three weeks for preparations. Check with local authorities for restrictions applying to garage sales. You might need a special permit, or be required to pay a fee or collect sales taxes. Signs advertising the sale might be limited or prohibited.
-Consider a joint sale with one or more neighbors and share the work, fun, and profits. The greater assortment of items you have to offer, the more potential customers you will attract and the more successful the sale will be. If the sale will be on your property, let your insurance agent know, and make sure that your homeowner’s policy will cover any liability for injuries.
-Start saving shopping bags and cardboard cartons. These can be used to assist customers in transporting their purchases.
-Remember that your items should be reasonably priced, and always be prepared to bargain with your customers.
-Have plenty of change on hand. 
Flea Markets
For a nominal fee, local flea markets are a great means for selling secondhand items. Because most markets are advertised, professional secondhand bargain hunters usually attend. Again, have shopping bags and cardboard cartons on hand for your customers’ convenience and don’t forget to have plenty of change on hand!
Online Auctions
When you use online auctions, you are given the opportunity to showcase your items for sale to the world, not just your own neighborhood. Here are some guidelines:
-Visit the individual auction site for specific details on payments and requirements. 
-Take time to properly describe your item and include a good quality photo to increase your chances of selling. 
-Be sure to play up any offbeat merchandise that might intrigue and attract shoppers.
-Most online sites allow you to specify that the purchaser must pick up the items themselves or pay for the cost of shipping- saving you even more time and money!
Secondhand Stores and Charity Stores
Consider donating any leftover items to charitable organizations such as Goodwill, the Salvation Army, and children’s homes. They generally give a receipt for donations, so the value can be deducted on a donor’s income tax return. Or, contribute leftovers to church rummage sales, resale shops, schools, or community centers. Make a quick phone call first to make sure they can accept the items that you have left.

I have been so impressed with all of the helpful pamphlets and guides that Mayflower has provided me with as I prepare for our move. I hope you are finding the information as helpful as I am. If you have any questions about your upcoming move, don’t hesitate to ask a Sorensen representative. Based on my experience, I feel certain they will be able to provide you with all kinds of great tips!

Until next week,